Michael Strahan says he empathizes with Odell Beckham Jr., even if the Hall of Famer is, by his own admission, not "cool enough to hang with Lil Wayne." (NY Daily News)
The Giants legend shared his thoughts on the latest controversy surrounding Big Blue's star receiver during a conference call ahead of the team's game against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Thursday.
Strahan, FOX's Thursday Night Football host, said he can identify with Beckham after the wide out needed to apologize to his teammates on Sunday following comments he made alongside rapper Lil Wayne in an ESPN interview.
"What he said, he said it, it's out there, and so it's nothing you can take back, it's nothing he can take back," Strahan said, per the Daily News. "And I almost feel like in some ways I've been in Odell's situation where you say something and you probably have the best intentions in the way that you said it, but at the end of the day it doesn't come across in the way in which you wish that people would take it."
Beckham made headlines before the Giants' loss to the Panthers when he answered "I don't know" to whether the Giants have a quarterback problem. He also said he felt he had been "outschemed" on offense, adding he didn't feel he had been in a place where he can play to his full potential. That prompted a summoning to head coach Pat Shurmur's office and a subsequent apology to the team for what Beckham called a "wrong message."
Strahan said it was clear Beckham wasn't trying to call anyone out.
"I think he's one of these guys that's trying to be successful and to win and when he says these things, I don't think Odell is trying to come down on anybody else, be tough on anybody else," Strahan said. "If anything I think he's tougher on himself and he just wants to win.
"But when you do those things and it comes out, you do have to realize that if it's not taken the way in which you intended, then you have to answer to it, you have to be a man about it, because it can't affect your teammates. And when you're in a team sport that's the last thing you want to do is take away from your teammates and make it seem like they're part of the problem."
Beckham did as much in the aftermath, continuing to focus on the team over himself at Tuesday's practice.
"There's nothing that is going to come in between my brothers, my teammates, this is something that is going to pull us closer," said Beckham.